November 21st, 2011
11:17 AM ET
Those promising words uttered by "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz in October are coming true: The short-lived series has found new life, and it'll be on Netflix.
The movie delivery and online streaming service announced on Friday via Twitter, "Starting in 2013, all new episodes of 'Arrested Development' will be available exclusively to U.S. Netflix Members to watch instantly!"
The New York Times reports that Netflix hammered out a deal for the new episodes with 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television.
Imagine Television's founders Ron Howard and Brian Grazer said in a statement, "Bringing a series back from cancellation almost never happens, but then, 'Arrested' always was about as unconventional as they get, so it seems totally appropriate that this show that broke the mold is smashing it to pieces once again."
Howard, one of the show's producers who also served as "Arrested Development's" narrator, previously tried to temper the excitement that the series was getting new episodes in addition to a potential film by noting that there was "much to be worked out."
But he posted Friday's good news to his Twitter account, adding, "Gotta warm up my throat and start practicing....'it's Arrested....Development...Many thanks to you ever-so-vocal 'Arrested Development' supporters. Wouldn't have gotten here without you."
This is also a momentous occasion for star Jason Bateman, who tweeted, "I don't think I've ever been happier to wear a pair of khakis."
The NYT reports that it's unknown if Bateman's fellow original co-stars, like Will Arnett, will be returning with the Netflix deal, and that it's also unclear how many new episodes will be crafted for the online streaming service.
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